Hashtag: My Perfect World

With Katie Thistleton, Radha Modgil, Claire Eastham, Harry Dyer and Amy Orben

Is social media really to blame for poor teenage mental health? TV and radio presenter and Young Minds Ambassador, Katie Thistleton, explores whether living our lives through our online profiles is a force for good or a path to unhappiness.

An engaging discussion which will interest both teenagers and parents with panellists Dr Radha Modgil (GP, Radio 1 and TV presenter and mental health campaigner), Claire Eastham (bestselling author, award-winning mental health blogger), Amy Orben (University of Oxford) and Dr Harry Dyer (UEA).

Katie Thistleton

Katie Thistleton Katie is a TV and radio presenter, mental health ambassador, NCTJ qualified journalist and author. Best known for her work on Radio 1 and CBBC, Katie hosts Radio 1’s coveted social action show Life Hacks offering straight facts and advice on topics ranging from sexual health and bullying to drink and drugs.

Katie recently hosted her first film for The One Show, exploring the help and support on offer for those caught up in the Manchester bombing one year on. She has also hosted films for Tomorrow’s World, and documentaries on topics from anti-depressants to the Kardashian’s effect on defining beauty for BBC Radio 1 and BBC iPlayer. She also hosted CBBC presentation for six years.

Katie’s debut book Dear Katie: Real Problems, Real Advice was released in February 2018 and offers warm yet honest advice on the multitude of struggles the UK’s children are facing. She is also an ambassador for charities Place2Be and Young Minds and is currently undergoing mental health training with the latter.

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Radha Modgil

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Dr Radha Modgil is an NHS GP and broadcaster whose passion is to help highlight the importance of mental health & emotional well being for children and young people. She is BBC Radio 1’s resident medical expert on Life Hacks. She was the presenter of the CBeebies series Feeling Better that aimed to highlight the importance of emotional awareness & literacy for Early Years. She has worked with BBC Learning, BBC Bitesize, BBC Own It and BBC Teach on podcasts and campaigns to help improve resilience in young people when facing exams, the online world & growing up. She has worked with charities like The Mix, BBC Children in Need, MIND and Barnardos.

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Claire Eastham

Claire is an award-winning mental health blogger, campaigner and bestselling author of the book We’re All Mad Here. Regarded as one of the UK’s forerunning mental health bloggers, Claire’s witty and self-deprecating sense of humour has seen her attract thousands of subscribers. She is known for her relatable and honest approach, bridging the gap between health professionals, doctors and those living with mental illness. She is fast becoming known as an expert in the field. Claire is an ambassador for Charity MQ and is regularly asked to be an authoritative voice about anxiety on TV and Radio. She is currently writing her follow up book, which is sure to be another hit.

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Amy Orben

Amy OrbenAmy is a psychological researcher at the University of Oxford, investigating the effects of social media and other technologies on well-being and human sociality. In a yet sparsely researched area, she uses data-driven and experimental methodologies to investigate the changes caused by technological innovations, questioning popular assumptions and outdated statistical techniques. Alongside her research, she regularly appears on both national and international media channels, commenting on how social media and technology are affecting our social lives.

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Harry Dyer

Harry DyerHarry joined UEA as a lecturer in education after successfully completing his PhD at UEA in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. He has a broad academic background, with degrees in linguistics and social science research methods, as well as his ongoing research in online identity presentation. Harry’s current research is in the field of Digital Sociology, in which he looks at the online identities of young people, unpacking how the social media shapes the ways in which young people understand and engage with the world around them. His work particularly focuses on the relationship between user, platform design, and technology, proposing a new theoretical framework through which to consider identity performances online.



Tuesday 22 October
Venue: The Forum, Auditorium
Cost: £3
Age: 13+

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